Executive Order Waives Fees, Red Tape for Storm Recovery

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Acting Gov. Abel Maldonado signed an executive order Thursday to waive fees and other regulations involved in recovery efforts from the rainstorms of the past 10 days in San Diego, Los Angeles and Orange counties and elsewhere in California.

Among other things, officials involved in recovery efforts were ordered to cooperate with the California Resources Agency and state Environmental Protection Agency to mitigate the effects of the storms; fees were waived for the replacement of vital documents, auto registration forms and driver's licenses; the one-week waiting period for filing for unemployment for those out of a job because of the storms was dropped; and one-stop local assistance centers were created.

Maldonado's order also called for agencies to arrange for debris removal and restoration of watersheds; for regulations involving the removal and storage of hazardous materials to be limited, and for the facilitation of roadway repair.

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